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TRUE CONFESSIONS: A Brit’s Road Trip to Hunt Down American Crime

by A.D. Garrett Road trip – had to be a winner, right? As a kid growing up in the narrow streets of northern England, I knew America as surely as I knew the grey concrete of my own back yard. For years, I had a… Read more


Two Nations Divided by a Common Language

BELIEVE NO ONE opens with an Oklahoma farmer dragging a cottonwood tree out of one of his ponds. What Oklahomans call a ‘pond’, we Brits would call a sizeable lake, and this theme of familiarity and difference – two nations divided by a common language… Read more


In Forensic Science, context is key

At the head of every chapter of the A.D. Garrett forensic thrillers which features Professor Fennimore, there is a quotation. Fennimore’s favourite authors, or one of his personal strictures. I call these Fennimisms. He is very fond of saying, ‘Context is everything.’ It’s true of… Read more


The Pusher: serial killer, Urban Myth, or Bad Stats?

‘There’s a serial killer on the loose in Manchester,’ one of my creative writing students said. As a mystery writer I was agog to know more. Over a period of six years, scores of young men had turned up in rivers and canals around Manchester…. Read more


Writing beginnings, creative inspirations, and new ventures

Interview by Lucy Sweeney Byrne of Books Go Social This is an interview I did with Lucy Sweeney Byrne of Books Go Social – I am grateful for the opportunity to reproduce it in its entirety here. (MM) Since she started writing seriously in the… Read more


Writing matters 1: On Collaboration

I intend to serialize here the podcast of an interview I did last summer with DJ Red Viking of the Archers. DJ Red Viking asked some searching and sometimes difficult questions about writing influences, collaboration, UK vs USA mysteries and thrillers, research, plot vs character,… Read more


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